Drying Herbs and Flowers – Chelsea Inexperienced Publishing

The next is an excerpt from Preserving Meals With out Freezing or Canning by the Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante. It has been tailored for the net.

A couple of pointers:

  • Choose crops within the morning, when it’s dry and sunny and they’re at their peak, relying on the plant and the half that you’re utilizing.
  • Wash crops solely when needed (roots, for instance).
  • At all times dry crops within the shade (outdoor) or in a darkish place (indoors).
  • Drying is full when crops are dry and brittle.
  • Retailer dried crops in glass jars, paper, or cardboard bins, away from mild. Vegetation will also be hung in a dry, well-ventilated place.
  • Label the containers you utilize to carry crops.
  • With each new harvest, discard crops left over from the earlier yr.

Farigoulade (Thyme Medley)

  • 1 heaping teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon savory
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 heaping teaspoon thyme
  • A espresso mill

Choose these crops simply as they’re beginning to flower, and permit them to dry at the hours of darkness. Take away any very woody elements, and grind the herbs to a tremendous powder utilizing a espresso mill.

Serve this medley with grilled mutton. We place a spoonful in a single nook of our plates and dip items of meat into it. It’s a connoisseur’s delight!

Anne-Marie Arrouye, Aix-en-Provence

Herbs in Luggage

  • Herbs with lengthy stems (rosemary, basil, tarragon, sage, mint, and so on.)
  • Paper baggage

This technique works properly for long-stemmed herbs, corresponding to rosemary, basil, tarragon, sage, and mint. Place the heads of the herbs (separated by sort) all the best way inside a paper bag; collect the stems collectively, and tie them up together with the open finish of the bag. Make holes within the bag for air flow, and dangle it in a not too cool, not too heat, well-ventilated, and ideally darkish place. (Herbs lose their taste when uncovered to mild.)

Ghislaine Fayolle, Larajasse

Herbs in Open-Air Bouquets

  • Herbs (parsley, sage, thyme, bay leaves, tarragon, mint, marjoram)
  • Glass jars

This can be a significantly efficient approach for parsley, sage, thyme, bay leaves, tarragon, mint, and marjoram. Make little bouquets of herbs (separated by sort), and dangle them in a dry, well-ventilated place, ideally at the hours of darkness. When the herbs are dry, the leaves might be separated from the stems, and saved in hermetic glass jars.

M. Buisson, Riorges

Herbs on Trays

  • Herbs
  • Small cloth-lined crates, or trays made with screening or muslin

Place a shallow layer of crops in small crates, lined on the backside with fabric, or on trays made with screening or muslin. Small crates, or trays with “ft,” might be stacked. Put the crates or trays in a darkish, dry, well-ventilated place (such because the attic).

Jeannette Roy, Vergigny

Linden Flowers

  • Linden flowers
  • 2 clear dishtowels
  • Tin cans or glass jars

Comply with the identical process as for rose petals (beneath). This fashion, every room can have a special scent.

You may also make a light, soothing tea from dried linden flowers, that are extremely prized in France for this goal. The American basswood tree, widespread all through the jap United States, is within the linden household and produces appropriate flowers.

Rose Petals

  • Rose petals
  • 2 clear dishtowels
  • Tin cans or glass jars

To dry rose petals correctly, they should be unfold out in skinny layers and shielded from mild and dirt. So, on a clear dishtowel, which I’ve positioned on the highest of a cupboard, I unfold the freshly gathered rose petals, and canopy them with one other dishtowel. Whereas drying, they provide the room an beautiful scent! After a number of weeks, I retailer them in tin cans or glass jars labeled with the plant’s title and the harvest yr.

Lise Marie Ratier, La Ferrière

Summer season Scents

  • Combined herbs (thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, wild thyme, savory, and so on.)
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Small piece of dried chili (elective)
  • A salad bowl
  • A glass jar

Collect a bouquet of blended herbs. Set them out to dry straight away in a darkish, dry place. Take away the leaves from herbs with onerous stems (thyme and rosemary, for instance). Mix two tablespoons of every herb with three cloves, onehalf teaspoon of grated nutmeg, and a small piece of dried chili (should you prefer it), all collectively in a salad bowl. Mix small portions of this combination by hand, in order to acquire a rough powder that needs to be saved in a glass jar.

These herbs marvelously season winter greens, omelets, cheeses, and the like.

M.-T. Petit, Pont-de-Cé

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